Archive for 2012

Wine: good for you, bad for you….

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

A recent article online introduced me to the ‘imbibing idiot bias.’ Have you heard of it? From my research it’s not a new phenomenon, it’s quite a common reference used in the U.S. It basically gives a name to the ‘unconscious’ perception we place on people we see drinking alcohol to be dumber than their abstaining pals or colleagues. Studies have been done on the subject (obviously there is money to burn somewhere!) that advises that the ‘imbibing idiot bias’ is most detrimental during job interviews where candidates that chose a glass of wine with their meal are seen as less hireable than those that didn’t.

Even in my line of work I’m surprised how few interviews I’ve been asked to involve tasting wine – whether over dinner or otherwise. Maybe my wine exam results speak for themselves or perhaps, ironically, more wine is consumed in other professions! ………

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Less fizz, more sparkle….

Monday, July 30th, 2012

My Nana is 95 and she loves a drink, years of routine has her body clock set for a tipple at 6pm every day. She has varied her favourites over the years, sherry, rum and coke, brandy on ice, but as far as aperitifs go she’s never enjoyed sparkling wine. It’s just too bubbly.

I know what she means, gulping down a glass of liquid and gas can make you, well… burpy, and that’s not very ladylike. So I was interested to hear about a new trend in France to decant Champagne which calms the sometimes aggressive bubbles. ………

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International Syrah Day, you say..??

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Matching wine with a national event of the week is fast becoming the default tool for uninspired wine writers. My favourite last month was national BBQ week, particularly irrelevant considering the weather, and my favourite next month has to be National Left Handers Month and European Bat Weekend. I kid you not!

The wine trade have got in on the act too, if it’s not International Grenache Day then its World Malbec Day, and what happened to National Wine Month?? Then there was Murray Mania and a football frenzy fortnight, the list goes on but the creativity does not. I’m as excited as any Londoner about London 2012 but as I brace myself for the onslaught of wine related sport articles to come, linking wine with The Games feels as obscure to me as the fast food giants sponsoring the greatest sporting event on earth. ………

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Electronic vines….?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 is 3 years old this week! Can you believe it?

I’ve learnt so much along the way that I’ve realised I’m now fuelling my day job with knowledge I’ve learnt on the Miss Bouquet journey, rather than what started the other way around. I’ve found a whole new network of peers, inspiration and friends through Miss B that have nourished my thirst for wine, for creativity and for all things e-based. Electronic-based, I mean.

Twitter, facebook, Pinterest, WordPress, Blogspot, Vimeo, Youtube, iTunes, the iPhone, the iPod, the iPad….. Miss Bouquet would still be a twinkle in my eye if it wasn’t for all these electronic tools, gadgets and software. So it seems quite fitting that to mark the third anniversary of Miss B I’ve been invited to become a contributor at a new website called evines! If you haven’t come across it yet don’t worry you will, it’s a new kind of wine site where independent and savvy blogs, wine reviews and affordable wines deals meet in one place and feed off each other.

Give the e-world another three years and my bet is you’ll be seeing a whole lot more of this sort of e-co system around….

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We’re on the case with Oddbins…. literally!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Oddbins Wine Bloggers CaseFor an ancient trade like wine, genuine firsts are now few and far between. In the wine headlines lately there’s been the launch of the world’s first paper wine bottle, a failed en primeur campaign for an otherwise good quality vintage – a first for Bordeaux, the rise of the enomatic wine sampling machine and the unstoppable popularity of English wines, something the old-school-wine-boys thought they’d never live to see.
As with so much to do with wine, the level of interest in the above is of course subjective, but I’d like to add my contribution to the list of new wine initiatives by announcing what we believe to be the first wine collaboration of its kind in the UK – the Oddbins Wine Bloggers case. Invited as one of six of Oddbins’ favourite UK wine bloggers (more subjectivity, I know!) we were given free reign to taste our way through their cellar and select our favourite picks for an exclusive twelve bottle case. The result? “Twelve fantastic wines straight from Oddbins’ shelves independently chosen by six of the most talented wine writers in the business.”Ok, so Oddbins wrote that bit…. ………
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This post comes with a health warning….

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Recently I went on a hen party of a different kind. Out of maybe 15 girls there, most were either pregnant, had just had a baby or were actively trying to start a family. As such the booze wasn’t flowing in usual hen party fashion, with the exception of the hen herself who like a goose on a foie-gras farm was force-fed everything that others were abstaining from.

Last week when it was announced in one of the daily London freebies that ‘Pregnant women can binge drink safely’ it made me think of all the hens from that weekend and the hovering hands over glasses. Could they’ve let their hair down after all? The very next day in an online piece published in Australia we were told categorically that the answer was no and that “drinking any alcohol can harm your unborn baby”. With such opposite messages hitting the headlines what are pregnant women supposed to do? Do a google search on the subject and you’re lead into an abyss of contradictions to make your head spin. From the scaremongering to the abstract…. my favourite piece advised that drinking wine whilst pregnant was bad but drinking champagne was fine…. The mind boggles! ………

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